2009 l U/A l 99 Mins l Rating:
Daddy Cool is a 2009 Bollywood comedy film. The film is a remake of the 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. The story is set in Indian state of Goa and takes place mainly at a Catholic family home where Steven (Sunil Shetty) and his wife Nancy (Aarti Chabria) live with his parents. When the story opens, it is the day of Steven's father's funeral and, while in the process of organising this event, Steven and Nancy plan to purchase a flat and move away from the parental home. Steven's brother Brian (Aashish Chaudhary), a renowned novelist living in Mumbai, would rather spend his money on a First Class airline ticket to Goa than help finance the funeral, leaving Steven to cover the burial expenses. As guests begin to arrive at the family home, where a brief service is being held, he struggles to complete a eulogy, although everyone expects Brian the writer will be the one to deliver some appropriate remarks.
Daddy Cool, Suniel Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Aarti Chabria, Aashish Chaudhary, Kim Sharma, Sophie Choudry, Rajpal Yadav, Tulip Joshi, Javed Jaffrey, Chunky Pandey, Prem Chopra, Adi Irani, Vrajesh Hirjee, Suhasini Mulay, Dinesh Lamba, Vijay Patkar, Yusuf Hu
by Taran Aadarsh | Posted Aug 29, 2009
Not all English films can be adapted for the Indian screen. Also, the remake may not necessarily be as interesting as the original. That's what you realize when you watch the Hindi version of DEATH AT A FUNERAL called DADDY COOL. Sadly, DADDY COOL is just not cool. Plenty of reasons why...
One, this supposedly laugh riot fails to tickle your funny bone, barring in a scene or two.
Two, the concept is more suited for a play. Setting an entire film on one location, with the story taking place in a span of a few hours, is not too exciting.
Even otherwise DADDY COOL tries so hard to make you laugh, but falls flat on its face. The unfortunate part is, comedy in Hindi movies is now relegated to making faces on camera and that's what most actors in DADDY COOL do.
Another factor that goes against the film is its humour. It's crass and crude. In this film, men roam around either in shirts, showing off their underpants [Chunky Pandey] or stand on a roof with just underclothes [Aftab Shivdasani] or tell people to remove their underclothes so that they can relieve themselves in a toilet [Prem Chopra asks Jaaved Jaffery to do so].
Really, what kind of humour is this?
Chaos erupts during the funeral of Douglas [Sharat Saxena] when the grieved mourners are struck by drugs, romance, jealousy and a scandalous secret, all of which befall the family and friends.
Director K Murali Mohan Rao has helmed several interesting films in the past, but what's this? Sure, DADDY COOL has a few entertaining moments, like the one when Rajpal Yadav reveals the secret [that Sharat Saxena was gay and Rajpal and he were lovers], but the remaining sub-plots fail to cut ice. Adding multiple sub-plots is fine as long as each sub-plot has something fascinating to say, but that's missing here. Even the end is so bizarre, with members of this detached family suddenly professing love for one another.
There's just one song [Raghav Sachar] at the start [a tuneful number] and one towards the end. Dialogues are strictly okay.
With a weak screenplay on hand, there's not much the actors can do. The ones who try hard and manage are Suniel Shetty, Jaaved Jaffery, Sophie Choudry, Chunky Pandey and Prem Chopra.
On the whole, DADDY COOL fails to deliver what it promises - laughter and entertainment.